@Vinnie, see that excellent Guardian long read. Love is utterly omnipotent. No one can reject it. Free will is only ever invoked to justify God damning everyone and letting evil rip. What blasphemy.
All the scary, threatening hard sayings of Jesus are contextualized, as Karl Barth fully recognized, in pistis Christou. His faithfulness, Not our filthy work rag of faith in it. He doesn’t need our faith to save us. We need His faithfulness, which is completely efficacious whether we know Him and it or not. It is finished. Salvation is done. Never mind what Jesus said in His hard sayings to helplessly hard hearted people in hard times in an effort to get them to become decent human beings. Never mind worst case literal interpretation with no hermeneutic phenomenology, no appreciation of context, culture, psychology. All of Jesus’ hard sayings can only be deconstructed and reconstructed through the lens of omnipotent, irresistible love.
Playing Jesus’ own game, I’ll happily de/reconstruct any clobber passage you want, what did Jesus mean when He said,
Matthew 10: 14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. 15 Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city.
Matthew 11:20 Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not: 21 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. 23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 24 But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.
Luke 10:10 But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say, 11 Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. 12 But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city. 13 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment, than for you. 15 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell.
What is He saying will happen to Bethsaida and Chorazin and Capernaum?
'If justice will occur then what was the point of Jesus’s death if each of us will be given what we actually deserve after death? ’
The point of Jesus’ death is that it is the pivot between His life and His resurrection. Without it we wouldn’t know God at all. We’d have no warrant for Him at all. All will have every lack made up, every loss restored and more. That’s perfect justice. All scales level.